No. 7-seed Buckeyes and No. 2-seed Badgers meet again at 7 p.m. (CT) Saturday
VERONA, Wis. The Ohio State women’s hockey team opened its First Round WCHA Playoff series at Wisconsin with a 7-0 loss Friday at the Eagles Nest in Verona, Wis., outside of Madison. The No. 7-seed Buckeyes move to 8-24-3 overall this season (6-20-2-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) while the No. 2-seed Badgers are 28-2-5 (21-2-5-3 WCHA).
Senior goaltender Liana Bonanno totaled 37 saves in front of the standing-room only crowd. It was the 13th game with 30 or more saves for the assistant captain from Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Ohio State was shorthanded with three skaters missing the series because of injury. Senior co-captain Morgan Marziali is out as well as sophomores Teal Bishop and Christina Mancuso.
The Badgers, ranked second in the nation, opened with two goals in the first period. Rachel Bible shot the puck through traffic and into the left corner at 6:06. Jasmine Giles then added a power play goal at 11:49, scoring on the rebound during a scramble in front of the net off a shot by Erika Lawler.
Wisconsin scored three more goals in the second period to carry a 5-0 lead into the second intermission. Lawler swiped the puck off a Buckeye stick near the OSU net and snuck it into the left corner at 2:27, followed by a second power play goal at 9:10 when Mallory Deluce scored from the slot. Meghan Duggan then scored off a rebound after the puck popped out of Bonanno’s glove at 13:50.
In the third period, Wisconsin added two more goals for a 7-0 final. Duggan fired a wrist shot off the cross bar and into the upper right corner for her second goal of the game at 11:37. Alycia Matthews tallied the final goal at 13:02, scoring from the left side.
Jessie Vetter finished with 20 saves for the Badgers. The shutout was her 12th of the season to tie the NCAA record. She is 27-2-5 this season. Bonanno moved to 7-19-2.
Overall, the Buckeyes were outshot 40-22. They were 0-of-4 on the power play while the Badgers were 2-of-6.
The best-of-three series continues Saturday with a 7 p.m. (CT) game at the Eagles Nest. Live scoring is available on www.uwbadgers.com with a link on the women’s hockey schedule page on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.